Thompson Rivers University saves $500,000 through new energy management efforts

Thompson Rivers University

BC Hydro has recognized Thompson Rivers University as an energy conservation leader. Saving $500,000 collectively in utility costs this year alone, TRU has more energy savings as a percentage of total consumption than any other post-secondary institution in the province.

A participant in BC Hydro’s Energy Manager Program for the past seven years, BC Hydro congratulated TRU and Jim Gudjonson, director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability and energy manager for the program, for outstanding energy efficiency results and ongoing support for conservation and energy management.

In his letter to TRU President and Vice Chancellor Alan Shaver, BC Hydro Marketing Manager Jim Nelson cited TRU’s work in establishing an overall target that was signed off by senior management, undertaking lighting projects to switch to more energy efficient LED technologies, and participation in BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization program as key contributions to achieving the energy management goals set out in TRU’s Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan (CSSP), created in 2014.

“I appreciate your dedication to energy management best practices,” Nelson wrote, “and taking a strategic approach to continued reductions in energy use which will help students to learn about the importance of being smart with power.”

Read more in the full press release here.